The Japanese Theatre
From Shamanistic Ritual to Contemporary Pluralism - Revised Edition
Benito Ortolani

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Widely recognized as the standard history of Japanese theatre for Western readers, this work by Benito Ortolani is now available for the first time in paperback. From ancient folk and ritual performances to modern dance theatre, it provides concise summaries about each major theatrical form, situating the genre in its particular social, political, and cultural contexts and integrating a vast array of detail on such topics as staging, costuming, masks and properties, repertory, acting techniques, and noteworthy actors. Complete with illustrations and an extensive bibliography, this book serves undergraduates and specialists both as a reference and as a cultural history of Japan seen from the perspective of the performing arts.

Benito Ortolani is Professor of Theatre at Brooklyn College and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. An internationally known authority on Japanese theatre, he is also the founder and editor of the yearly International Bibliography of Theatre and the editor of Pirandello's Love Letters to Marta Abba (Princeton).